Through the first 17 games of the season, Tuukka Rask has rewarded the faith of those people who believed he was ready to become a top No. 1 goalie in the NHL.
Now over the next two months, the Bruins should get a better idea of what they have in backup Anton Khudobin.
Thanks to an unusually light schedule so far, the Bruins have had the luxury of starting Rask in 14 games, but with the heavy upcoming schedule (31 games in 57 days), the B’s will have no choice but to throw more work Khudobin’s way.

Yesterday at Ristuccia Arena, coach Claude Julien wouldn’t give in and say that Khudobin was definitely going to start today at the Garden against Tampa Bay — the goalie told reporters that would be the case — but it’s no secret that the game against the Lightning would be the sensible one for Rask to take off. That would allow Rask to be rested and ready when the Montreal Canadiens come to the Garden tomorrow night.
“We’re going to utilize both goaltenders at some point and Tuukka right now is playing extremely well and we’re pleased with that,” Julien said. “But we know it’s impossible to ride Tuukka through this whole thing. We’re going to need both of them.”
Khudobin would eagerly accept any work that comes his way.
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